Weekend Watch – 01/04/19

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Escape Room

Loren: Is this just PG-13 Saw? Could be a fun horror-thriller but the fact that they’re dumping it in early january does not bode well.

RDT:

Rick: Okay, we have Sony, who barely understands the concept of a horror movie, let alone how to make a good one + Original Film, who has the most ironic company name in the business and has never made a good horror movie + first week of January…tally that up…yep. Tired, unoriginal, and toothless. Math checks out.

Jen: I really like the idea of this movie, I could see myself watching it when it streams, but I don’t have the highest of hopes for it.


American Hangman

Loren: Wait, is THIS PG-13 Saw? Mixed with a little Law & Order: SVU? Also, that was Vincent Kartheiser? Trying the Christian Bale method acting I see.

RDT: I feel like I’ve seen this a million times before. Pass.

Rick: This is a mashup of ideas from better movies and TV series. Hardest of passes.

Jen: I don’t think I felt the intensity they were hoping I would feel watching this trailer.


The Vanishing

Loren: Has Gerard Butler ever made a good movie? I can’t think of one. This a least looks to be trying. But also it will fail.

RDT: Loren, I checked IMDB. He’s a voice in the How to Train Your Dragon movies. And Reign of Fire isn’t……terrible……I guess. Yeah, I got nothing.

Rick: I don’t know. This looks like a decent Straw Dogs-style thriller. I won’t run out to theaters to see it, but it might be worth a go at home if I’m in the right mood.

Jen: Loren, have you not seen Timeline? Gerard Butler at his hottest. Continue reading

Episode #152 – A Difference of Opinions

Happy New Year! The guys got together to wrap up the week’s Entertainment News for you with stories like:

  • Mr. Rogers movie is called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Us trailer
  • Glass predicted to make $70M in its opening weekend
  • Most anticipated movies of 2019 (according to the people who took this survey)
  • Bird Box was viewed by 45 million people
  • Netflix passed on Holmes and Watson
  • Aquaman makes so much money
  • Loki was influenced by the scepter in Avengers
  • Jude Law’s Capt. Marvel character confirmed

All that, what we watched and even more tangents.

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Weekend Watch – 12/28/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Vice

Loren: That’s a hell of a cast. Not really my kind of flick but I might have to check it out regardless. Fingers crossed for a screener.

RDT: I’m kinda into this. I enjoyed The Big Short even though, despite Margot Robbie in a tub, I didn’t quite understand it. So, I’ll eventually give this a watch.

The Lady™: Maaaaaaaaybe? I’m not in love enough to see it in theaters. Let’s hope I remember I wanted to watch by the time it hits streaming.

Rick: I’m not one for political movies, but it’s hard to resist such a great cast. I’ll get around to this eventually.


Holmes and Watson

Loren: Nope. I have officially given up on Will Ferrell. I’m still ok with John C. Reilly as long as it’s more Walk Hard than this.

RDT: 0% on Rotten Tomatoes is all I need to know. I’ll just watch Step Brothers again instead.

The Lady™: Oh no. Absolutely not. *puts foot down*
What’s that? Hugh Laurie’s in it? I…um, just remembered I have to run an errand. I’ll be back in about 90 minutes…

Rick: I enjoy both of these guys (most of the time), but this looks terrible. If I need a John C. Reilly fix this week I’ll find myself a screening of Stan & Ollie.


On the Basis of Sex

Loren: Yeah I’m with Rick below. I think there’s more to be gained by watching the RBG doc than watching a biopic. Also between this and Vice I’m realizing how weird it is to have Biopics for people that are still alive.

RDT: That’s a good trailer. I’ll keep this on the radar, too, or perhaps borrow a screener…..?

The Lady™: Yeah, great trailer. As a lazy viewer, I will also wait for home viewing options.

Rick: I like Felicity Jones, but I feel like I’d get more out of this story by watching the RBG doc that came out earlier this year. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 12/21/18


Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Bumblebee

Loren: Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good. Please be good.

RDT: I’m definitely seeing 2-3 movies this weekend. If it’s two, it’ll be Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Bumblebee…

Rick: I was completely against this until I saw the trailer that revealed the G1 Transformers. Here, Paramount. Take my goddamn money.

Jen: I thought this was going to be terrible, but this trailer actually gives me some faith in the Transformers franchise again. We’ll see…


Aquaman

Loren: Why am I into this? Is this universe un-fucking itself? Maybe.

RDT: …and if it’s three, it’ll be Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bumblebee and Aquabro.

Rick: Apart from Wonder Woman, Aquabro was the only good thing to come out of this awful mess that is the DCU. I’m not in any hurry to catch this, but I’m in.

Jen: It’s crazy how the ocean doesn’t just boil over from his hotness. Yes, please.


Mary Poppins Returns

Loren: Emily Blunt is definitely the best choice for Mary. I haven’t heard the MOST positive reviews of this but I’ll give it a go at some point for sure.

RDT: I already saw it. (Thanks, More Successful, Hollywood Connection Friends!) So, I don’t want to spoil it. I’ll just say I found value in seeing it up on the big screen. Now tell me that’s not a ringing endorsement!

Rick: I like the idea of this, but I’m honestly more interested in seeing how the animation and live action play together than in its actual story. I’ll catch it in theaters, but I’ll wait a few weeks.

Jen: This is on the list, but I feel like I want to revisit the original first just so I’m caught up? That seems weird, and probably unnecessary, but there it is. Continue reading

Episode #150 – Spider- Man: Into The Elseworlds Crossover

The guys have been busy with Holiday Shenanigans but still have time to talk to you about all the week’s entertainment news!

They’ve got stories like:

  • Mortal Engines set to lose $100m
  • Biggest flops/hits of 2018
  • Benicio del Toro joins Dora the Explorer?
  • Timeless finale promo
  • Stargirl casts Hourman, Starman and Wildcat
  • Letterman’s talk show renewed
  • Apple licenses Peanuts
  • More casting for The Mandalorian
  • James Wan not contracted for Aquabro 2
  • Netflix heroes are under contract for 2 years after their cancellation
  • The Elseworlds Crossover was good!

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Weekend Watch – 12/14/18


Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Loren: I legitimately wanted to watch this again right after seeing it on Tuesday. It’s so good.  Rick (who couldn’t make it this week) wanted to add: Dramatic (but fairly accurate) recreation of the crowd at the end of the screening Loren, The Lady, AJ, and I attended:  

Seriously. Arguably the best Spider-Man movie. 10/10.

RDT: Having serious FOMO here given a few of my cohorts already saw it. My weekend is pretty packed, but I will definitely try to see this sooner than later. It looks like an Amazing Spider-Man movie.

The Lady™: I cannot recommend this movie enough. I only know the basics about Spiderman (I’m an X-Men girl) and I still loved the absolute shit out of it.

Jen: This looks like a lot of fun – the scene from this movie that played after Venom was, by far, the best part of Venom. If I sat through that in the theater I can at least give this a chance. 


The Mule

Loren: I actually liked Gran Torino but hated his weird 2012 Superb Owl spot for Chrysler. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t care about old man, gravel voiced Clint Eastwood.

RDT: I’m super hit and miss with Clint. That being said, I am intrigued by this. And reviews are decent on Rotten Tomatoes (61% as of this typing). So, I’ll keep it on the radar.

The Lady™: The only way I’d watch this is if they did a shot for shot remake with Bill Hader playing Clint Eastwood.

Jen: There’s a great cast here (Michael Pena, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne) but it seems like they all play second fiddle to Clint Eastwood. And I… just don’t love Clint Eastwood. I’m sort of over him and his gruff old guy trying to make amends for a life of bad decisions. I would be into this same movie if it were the story of his long suffering wife, though, a more original spin on this.


If Beale Street Could Talk

Loren: That looks like a powerful love story. So powerful in fact that I might search this one out. I am a little curious as to why they used the vocal track from the Fugees version of ‘Killing Me Softly’ instead of Roberta Flack’s but that’s the nitest of picks.

RDT: I thought Moonlight was great (though I would have intercut the 3 sections). So, I’m hoping to catch this in a screening or maybe borrow a screener.

The Lady™: That costuming alone would be totally worth the price of admission.

Jen: I’ve heard nothing but wonderful words about this and, frankly, Regina King is a gift to we mere mortals, I’m definitely checking this one out. Continue reading

Avengers: Endgame Teaser Trailer!!!

I’m not going to fully break this down until we get the story trailer. (Boooooo!!!!! I know). BUT there are some awesome things to pull out of this teaser.

First it’s official. Thanos wiped out 50% of all living organisms in the galaxy.

Next. RONIN!!!!! I can’t help but hope that this leads to a Hawkeye TV show based on Matt Fractions run a few years back streaming on Disney+ down the line.

Lastly it’s good to see that Scott Lang made it out of the Quantum Realm and just might be the key to stopping Thanos and if rumors are true… time travel.

It’s going to be a long four and a half months!

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26th, 2019.

From Hollywood,
-Loren

Weekend Watch – 12/07/18


Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Ben Is Back

Loren: This one feels a little all over the place to me, but it most likely has some pretty good performances in it.

RDT: I’m intrigued. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a nice, adult drama. I doubt I’ll catch it in the theaters, but I’ll keep it on the radar.

Rick: There’s a lot going on here. It reminds me of Rachel Getting Married (2008) but with the added wrinkle of drug dealers. Honestly, that bit feels unnecessary. You could wring enough drama out of everything else going on in this movie. Call it a maybe.

Jen: Is this gender-swapped version of Beautiful Boy?


Mary Queen of Scots

Loren:

RDT: I like Loren’s link better.

Rick: Oh yeah. Definitely.

Jen: Gimme, gimme, gimme!


Vox Lux

Loren: This is examples A, B, and C of why Natalie Portman should never get near another genre film. Do these. You excel at them and they clearly feed your passion.

RDT: I thought she was pretty good in Annihilation. As for this, looks weird. Not sure it’s my cup o’ tea, but I’ll give it a shot.

Rick: Oh, good. I’m not the only one who liked Annihilation. Also, I’m in for this. (For the record I liked Annihilation I just didn’t really consider it a genre film even though it totally is. – Loren)

Jen: I’ve watched this trailer a dozen times in the past week, I can’t wait! Natalie Portman looks great, it looks like a perfect double feature with A Star is Born, similar stories but told very differently. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 11/30/18


Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Anna and the Apocalypse

Loren: That’s at least one too many genres. Like most everyone else I’m pretty Zombied out. I like that when my friends made an Apocalypse Movie, it was just the end of the world no Zombies in sight.

RDT: Jen, Rick and Loren covered it. I’m all set with zombies, musical or otherwise.

Rick: Ugh. So burned out on zombies. If you must have some zombie-related entertainment, throw on V/H/S 2 and skip to the second segment, “A Ride in the Park”. It’s a clever (and darkly funny) exercise in both the found footage and zombie genres.

Jen: Too many zombies!


Limited Release

Mirai

Loren: I haven’t really been into Anime since college but this gives me total Studio Ghibli vibes, and that’s a really good thing. If it pops up streaming at some point I’ll give it a go.

RDT: Anime? More like aniyou!!! (I’m so, so sorry…..)

Rick: Yep. In. This also reminded me I still need to watch Wolf Children.

Jen: Too much anime!


Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Loren: I feel like this is something I’d much rather experience than watch a doc about.

RDT: For some reason, this makes me want to go back to the Museum of Ice Cream. **shrugs**

Rick: I’m with Loren. I’d rather make the pilgrimage out there and experience the art first hand.

Jen: I suppose if it’s good enough for George RR Martin, it’s good enough for me to check out at least. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 11/21/2018


Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Wide Release

Creed II

Loren: I should probably watch some Rocky movies before this. (I know, I know).

RDT: This is the sequel I’ll be seeing this weekend.

Rick: I’m a little skeptical, honestly. This has the potential to wind up like the lesser Rocky sequels. I’m hoping it maintains the tone set by the first movie. *fingers crossed*

Jen: It’s going to be a strong slate of movies this Thanksgiving, isn’t it? I’m so curious how they handle the Drago return, I can’t wait to see Michael B. Jordan’s body this film.


Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Loren: The first was cute enough but I’m not sure I need to rush out to the theater for this sequel.

RDT: The gamer in me wishes they went to consoles before diving into the internet. But still, I enjoyed the first one, a lot. So, I’ll keep this on the radar.

Rick: I enjoyed the first one and this one looks just as fun. I rarely see animated movies in the theater anymore, though. This’ll be a Saturday afternoon on the couch experience.

Jen: Another great looking sequel. In! What is happening this week?


Robin Hood

Loren: I’m kinda into this for some reason. Like, I know it won’t be good but maybe it will be. It won’t. But maybe…

RDT: Everything I do, I do it for you…. except probably seeing this movie.

Rick: I feel like this is going to be at the quality level of the recent King Arthur movie no one was asking for. Props to Taron Egerton for actually learning archery for the role, though.

Jen: Ah, well, can’t win ‘em all. Although, even this re-tread of a re-tread doesn’t look terrible. But sorry Jamie Foxx, you’ll have to hold off on that boat. Continue reading